• Awards & Recognition

    About the Safety Awards Program

    The AFPM Safety Awards Program is part of a comprehensive safety program developed by AFPM’s Safety & Health Committee to promote accident prevention in the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries as well as the contractors supporting them.

    Safety Statistics & Awards Collection Guidance Document  

    Qualifications for awards are based on records from the OSHA 300A Summary and API 754 Process Safety Collection.

    The safety awards program is open to AFPM Regular Member companies, that operate a U.S. refinery or petrochemical manufacturing plant as well as AFPM Associate Member contractors. Associate members must submit their application, which must be approved by Regular Member operating facility to be eligible for an award.

    Award Descriptions

    Distinguished Safety Award

    AFPM’s most prestigious award, the Distinguished Safety Award or DSA, as it is known, recognizes those member company refineries and petrochemical plants that have attained an exemplary level of safety performance in the domestic refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee represented by members of the AFPM Safety & Health Committee. It is the selection committee’s responsibility to carefully examine the safety performance records of individual plant locations using the specific screening and selection criteria detailed below.

    AWARD LEVELS

    ·         Distinguished Safety Award (Top 1-2 applicants)

    ·         Elite Gold Award (Top 1%)

    ·         Elite Silver Award (Top 5%)  

    Applicants who do not receive the DSA may be considered for the Elite Safety Gold or Silver Awards which represents the top one to five percent of industry top safety performers. These awards are presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited superior and excellent safety performance and program innovation.

    Elite Gold Safety Award

    (Formerly The Distinguished Safety Honorable Mention)

    This award is presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited a superior level of safety performance and program innovation.

    Elite Silver Safety Award 

    This award is presented to those DSA applicants that pass the DSA Screening Criteria and, in the judgment of the Selection Committee, have exhibited excellent safety performance and program innovation.

    The deadline for the DSA Application is January 30, 2017.  

    DSA Application  

    Apply for the DSA Award on the AFPM Safety Portal

    Screening Criteria

    In order to qualify for the DSA, a facility must first pass the screening criteria as described below:

    SCREENING CRITERIA (PART A)  

    In order to qualify for the DSA, a facility must first pass the following screening criteria.

    1. A location must achieve the following requirements for the calendar year:
      1. an employee total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.3 or less,
      2. a contractor total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.3 or less,
    1. A location must have had no employee workplace related fatalities and no non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.) workplace related fatalities for the previous five consecutive years.

    A location must answer NO to the following questions to pass the screening criteria and be eligible to apply for the DSA award:

    1. Did the location experience a community evacuation or sheltering event, or worker/contractor hospitalization (admitted for treatment) during the evaluation period?

    2. Did the location experience a recordable injury where any of the following caused or contributed to the injury during the evaluation year?

    • Failure to isolate hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
    • Opening process equipment not properly prepared for maintenance
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous confined Space
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous excavation
    • Any falls from height (>4 feet)
    • Any Tier 1 of 2 Process Safety Event (PSE)
    • Contact/exposure to hazardous materials (physical and chemical)
    • h3S, HF, Hydrocarbons, Corrosives, Electricity, Radiation, Excessive Heat, etc.
    • Any crane or rigging failure

    3. Did the location have any Process Safety Events (PSE) that required notification to the National Response Center during the evaluation year?

    Selection Criteria

    After passing the screening criteria, the candidate's overall safety performance record and progress will be evaluated by the selection committee based on the applicant’s written application.

    Previous DSA Award Winners  

    Previous Elite Gold Award Winners  

    Previous Elite Silver Award Winners  

    Safety Achievement Award

    In order to qualify for the Safety Achievement Award, a facility must first pass the following screening criteria:

    1. A location must achieve the following requirements for the calendar year: a. an employee total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 0.45 or less

    2. A location must have had no employee workplace related fatalities and no non-employee (contractor, visitor, etc.) workplace related fatalities for the previous five consecutive years.

     A location must answer NO to the following questions to pass the screening criteria and be eligible to apply for the Safety Achievement award:

    3. Did the location experience an injury to a worker/contractor that required hospitalization (admitted for treatment) during the evaluation period?

    4. Did the location experience a recordable injury where any of the following caused or contributed to the injury during the evaluation year?

    • Failure to isolate hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
    • Opening process equipment not properly prepared for maintenance
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous confined Space
    • Improperly prepared or hazardous excavation
    • Any falls from height (>4 feet)
    • Any Tier 1 of 2 Process Safety Event (PSE)
    • Contact/exposure to hazardous materials (physical and chemical)
    • h3S, HF, Hydrocarbons, Corrosives, Electricity, Radiation, Excessive Heat, etc.
    • Any crane or rigging failure

    5. Did the location experience a community evacuation or sheltering event during the evaluation period?

    6. Did the location have any API RP Tier 1 Process Safety Events (PSE) that required notification to the National Response Center during the evaluation year?

    A site that applies for this award has the option of ordering hard hat decals at a charge of $20 per 50 ordered. They are only available in increments of 50.

    Contractor Safety Achievement Award

    This award recognizes maintenance contractors working a minimum of 20,000 hours per calendar year at a regular member facility.  

      This award application can now be broken into three distinct sections: 

    • Section 1: Injury & Illness Data
    • Section 2: Incident Severity Screening Criteria
    • Section 3: Participation & Best Practices

    Every nominated contractor company at a facility eligible for a Contractor Safety Achievement Award will receive a mounted certificate and the option of purchasing a 4x6 nylon banner for $100.